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More cherished than ever

With unrest in homeland, Easter egg tradition carries extra meaning for Amsterdam's Ukrainian-Americans

Olya Szyjka, left, and Anastasia Kostyk, right, demonstrate Ukraine pysanky, the art of painting on eggs, at the Amsterdam Free Library on Monday afternoon.
Photographer: Marc Schultz
Olya Szyjka, left, and Anastasia Kostyk, right, demonstrate Ukraine pysanky, the art of painting on eggs, at the Amsterdam Free Library on Monday afternoon.
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After emigrating from Ukraine to the Unites States, Martha Swidersky basically lived two lives in Amsterdam. She was learning English in Amsterdam schools but studying her homeland language and traditions on the weekends. “Monday through Friday I was American, Saturday and Sunday I was Ukrainian,” Swidersky said. Her experience isn’t rare for Ukrainian-Americans, a people who cherish their heritage and continue to share traditions like their world-renowned skill at decorating Easter eggs, called pysanky. Ukrainian-Americans ...

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